Twenty GOP governors call on Biden to act on border, reject plan to house migrants in states as ‘unacceptable’

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Twenty governors, all of them Republicans, submitted a letter to President Joe Biden this Tuesday blaming the border crisis on his policies, calling for him to start taking the crisis seriously and put a halt to it already, and unequivocally rejecting attempts by his administration to house illegal aliens in their communities.

The letter was signed by 20 of 27 Republican governors, excluding Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Maryland Gov. Larry Logan, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. It’s not clear why they didn’t sign it.

The letter began with the governors fact-checking the administration’s incessant lies about the border: “Contrary to statements from your Administration, the border is neither closed nor secure,” they wrote.

The letter continued with the governors slamming the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for trying to pawn off its illegal aliens to their states and, worse, trying to “circumvent” their authority by doing it under their noses.

“[T]he Department circumvented our states altogether by asking private organizations and nonprofits to house unaccompanied migrant children. Often these facilities lack adequate security,” they wrote.

“Allowing the federal government to place a potentially unlimited number of unaccompanied migrant children into our states’ facilities for an unspecified length of time with almost zero transparency is unacceptable and unsustainable,” they added.

View the letter below, or access it here:

Republican Governors Letter to Biden by V Saxena on Scribd

The governors aren’t alone in their battle. Last month, a group of House Republicans led by Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert submitted their own letter to the president demanding to know where exactly he was funneling illegal aliens to.

“This requested information is critical to understanding how the unabetted illegal flow of aliens over the southern border affects all Americans in each of the 50 states,” they wrote.

GOP Letter to DHS by John Binder

However, it’s not clear whether any of this will make a difference. During his eight years in office, then-President Barack Hussein Obama repeatedly dumped large numbers of illegal aliens in Republican states despite complaints from the states’ governors.

In July of 2014, for instance, his administration dropped 760 illegal alien children in Tennessee without a single notice, angering then-Gov. Bill Haslam.

“It is unacceptable that we became aware via a posting on the HHS website that 760 unaccompanied children have been released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to sponsors in Tennessee without my administration’s knowledge,” the governor angrily wrote to the then-president at the time.

It’s assumed that Obama’s disciple, then-Vice President turned current President Joe Biden, intends to follow in his footsteps, though from the looks of it, the path he’s chosen to pave is slated to be even more precarious for the American people.

As noted by the 20 governors who wrote to Biden this week, his administration “has enticed a rush of migrants to our border and incentivized an influx of illegal crossings by using irresponsible rhetoric and reversing a slew of policies—from halting border wall construction to eliminating asylum agreements to refusing to enforce immigration laws.”

“Even officials of our neighbor, Mexico, reportedly conveyed concerns that the shift in U.S. policy is stoking illegal immigration and creating business for organized crime. As Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated, ‘They see him as the migrant president, and so many feel they’re going to reach the United States,” they added.

Indeed, while there have been numerous border crises over the years, the current one under Biden marks the worst crisis in American history, with illegals freely pouring over the southern U.S. border like it doesn’t even exist:

The 20 governors continued their letter with a blunt assessment.

The cause of the border crisis is entirely due to reckless federal policy reversals executed within your first 100 days in office,” they wrote.

Fact-check: TRUE.

“[T]he disastrous impact of your policies on America’s recovery will be farreaching. Federal, state, and local authorities are overwhelmed, and the situation on the ground is heartbreaking. After a dangerous journey, many children are living in overcrowded conditions with uncertain futures and without parents or loved ones to care for them,” they noted.

“Beyond the humanitarian crisis, the lack of border security is a criminal one, threatening the safety of American citizens. The CBP reports a 233% increase in the seizure of fentanyl compared to January last year, exacerbating the nation’s opioid epidemic. Law enforcement officials are recovering drugs, illegal narcotics, and weapons being smuggled across the border by cartels—the same cartels that are also trafficking men, women, and children and jeopardizing their lives,” they added.

The governors concluded by noting how backward it is to create a “self-created crisis” as the nation recovers from a global pandemic.

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